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Sacred Chef Cookbook Just Published

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NOW AVAILABLE at KOBO RRP $4.99

Sacred Chef secrets and recipes.. my collection of recipes and writings, gathered over a lifetime of cooking and teaching.

Cooking a beautiful meal for family, friends and loved ones is an act of devotion. What better way to show how much you love someone? I have always said that cooking is the only kind of Art, that really gets inside you. We ingest the goodness, literally. It is a creative act and it is a labour of love.

I hope that you, will find some great recipes here to try and perhaps add to your own culinary repertoire. Recipes are like magic spells to incant with your hands, touching, inspiring, chopping, stirring and then serving. The dance of the kitchen, I call it, weaving wonder with saucepans and knives. Good cooking involves a flow of energy, as you engage with matter and time, coordinating the arrival of a number of different elements.

For some, this can be a stressful process and the memory of traumatic kitchen experiences permeates their appreciation of cooking. This collection of recipes, also includes some useful tips and suggestions about how these painful situations can be avoided. Of course the essential nature of the kitchen and cooking must be embraced; it is a place of earth, fire, air and water. Meaning that you need to be present in the moment, aware and ready to respond, not distracted and thinking of other things. You cannot daydream in the home of heat and steel.

Your cooking experience will ultimately be defined by your attitude towards it – I hope that this book will turn you on to the very satisfying pleasure that comes from sacred cooking, eating and drinking. May the cooking gods smile upon you!

 

Sudha Hamilton aka The Sacred Chef

CLICK HERE to Purchase from KOBO RRP $4.99


Giv’ em something good on the sunshine coast to do

In Kawana, Nambour, or anywhere on the sunshine coast hinterland, what better Christmas present than a gift voucher from the Maleny Cooking School! What do you get? Two hours in our cooking studio, overlooking the Glass House mountains, with our chef, Sudha Hamilton, who has worked with Neil Perry, David Thompson and Billy Saunders. Followed by a world class 3 course lunch with Epicurean conversation; take home recipe pack and goodie bag.

Purchase now online at housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-vouchers  to get your choice of gift vouchers for a wonderful cooking lessons with gourmet lunch in our private dining room, here in Maleny.

Online gift vouchers are redeemable for 12 months – giving your recipent plenty of time to schedule a convenient time.

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Give the gift that keeps on giving!

Delicious and educational – you might even benefit yourself if you innoccently ask to taste the results of your gift.

Queensland cooking school offering cooking classes and lessons with a complimentary gourmet lunch.

housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-couchers


Maroochydore Caloundra Christmas Cooking Class Gift Voucher

In Maroochydore, Caloundra, or anywhere on the sunshine coast hinterland, what better Christmas present than a gift voucher from the Maleny Cooking School! What do you get? Two hours in our cooking studio, overlooking the Glass House mountains, with our chef, Sudha Hamilton, who has worked with Neil Perry, David Thompson and Billy Saunders. Followed by a world class 3 course lunch with Epicurean conversation; take home recipe pack and goodie bag.

Purchase now online at housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-vouchers  to get your choice of gift vouchers for a wonderful cooking lessons with gourmet lunch in our private dining room, here in Maleny.

Online gift vouchers are redeemable for 12 months – giving your recipent plenty of time to schedule a convenient time.

MalenyCookSchoolGiftVoucher

Give the gift that keeps on giving!

Delicious and educational – you might even benefit yourself if you innoccently ask to taste the results of your gift.

Queensland cooking school offering cooking classes and lessons with a complimentary gourmet lunch.

housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-couchers


Woodford Beerwah Landsborough Christmas Gift Voucher Ideas

In Maleny, Montville, or anywhere on the sunshine coast hinterland, what better Christmas present than a gift voucher from the Maleny Cooking School! What do you get? Two hours in our cooking studio, overlooking the Glass House mountains, with our chef, Sudha Hamilton, who has worked with Neil Perry, David Thompson and Billy Saunders. Followed by a world class 3 course lunch with Epicurean conversation; take home recipe pack and goodie bag.

Purchase now online at housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-vouchers  to get your choice of gift vouchers for a wonderful cooking lessons with gourmet lunch in our private dining room, here in Maleny.

Online gift vouchers are redeemable for 12 months – giving your recipent plenty of time to schedule a convenient time.

MalenyCookSchoolGiftVoucher

Give the gift that keeps on giving!

Delicious and educational – you might even benefit yourself if you innoccently ask to taste the results of your gift.

Queensland cooking school offering cooking classes and lessons with a complimentary gourmet lunch.

housetherapy.com.au/sacred-chef-gift-couchers


Queenslanders Cooking is Hot Cooking Class Gift Vouchers Rock

Queenslanders, cooking is hot! Even salads are more popular, and despite your disdain for alfalfa, I reckon a gift voucher for a gourmet cooking class in beautiful Maleny could vy for the Christmas gift of the season. What say ye Bananabender? Are you game to break out beyond the Kmart crap of yule tide history?

Sunshine coast residents and visitors, hereye, hereye, the Maleny Cooking School, its not really a school there aren’t any nasty teachers with whips and rulers, its not like a religious establishment afterall. The Maleny Cooking School (place?) offers a sumptiuous combination of inspirational and enthusiastic cooking tuition with a scrumptious lunch in our dining room. We do have a sacred chef, but he keeps his hands to himself, apart from waving them around when he talks too much and gets a bit excited.

We cook Thai, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese and Indian – just to name a few of our favourite cuisines. Cooking class, or experience, attendees receive a take-home recipe pack and goodie bag; in addition to their guided hands-on two hours in our cooking studio and world class lunch.

Sacred Chef Maleny Cooking School Gift Vouchers are available online for instant present giving gratification.

The Sacred Chef, Sudha Hamilton, has even written a book, for those Australian’ s who can read, its called House Therapy!

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PURCHASE ONLINE COOKING CLASS GIFT VOUCHERS HERE


Sunshine Coast Queensland Cooking Teacher & Author – The Kitchen

Excerpt from – House Therapy – Discovering who you really are at home!

By Sudha Hamilton

House Therapy is now available online at www.housetherapy.com.au Kobo & Amazon Kindle

 

The Kitchen

 

The Ancient Greeks, who gave us many of the founding principles upon which we base our modern societies – democracy; logic; philosophy; literature and poetry to name but a few salient examples, had  a rich collection of gods and goddesses. Hestia was the goddess of hearth and home, older sister to Zeus and first born of the titan’s, Kronos and Rhea, perhaps not as well known today as her siblings Demeter, Hera, Haides and Poseidon.  This may have been due to the fact that she was swallowed first by her titan father Kronos, who in  a bid to avoid being overthrown by one of his children, as prophesied, ate all his children, she was thus the last to be regurgitated, once Zeus had forced his father to do so. Families and mealtimes are, as we all know, never easy.

The Romans also worshipped her in their homes and knew her as Vesta. The areas of responsibility for which Hestia was worshipped and sacrificed to, were most aspects of domestic life and in particular what we now call the kitchen. For it is around the cooking hearth, or kitchen, that a home, or house, builds out and up. Hestia was always toasted at the beginning of a meal in thanks for the hospitality proffered. She was probably where the early Christians appropriated their ‘saying of grace’ before dinner from.

Homeric Hymn 24 to Hestia (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th – 4th B.C.) :
“Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet,–where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last. And you, Argeiphontes [Hermes], son of Zeus and Maia, . . . be favourable and help us, you and Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength. Hail, Daughter of Kronos, and you also, Hermes.”

Interestingly Hestia was a virginal goddess and refused the suits of both Apollo and Poseidon. Perhaps this is where we get the separation of the sexual roles of the wife and mother in the home and the focus on providing nurture and hospitality instead. Hestia was seen as the giver of all domestic happiness and good fortune in the home and she was believed to dwell in the inner parts of every home. She was also the first god mentioned at every sacrifice, as she represented the hearth where sacrifices took place – this is the direct link to our kitchens today and the genesis of the sacred chef. There are very few temples of Hestia extant and this is thought to be because every home was her temple in the Hellenistic world. I think we can draw some intuition from this in our view of our homes being places of divine inspiration.

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Singapore Comes to Sacred Chef Cooking School

The Maleny Cooking School was visited by three vibrant, Singaporean ladies, who attended our Modern Australian cooking class and gourmet lunch. These lovely ladies knew their food, bringing a passion and gusto to the cooking studio, and dining room here in Maleny, on Queensland’s sunshine coast. One of these special Singaporean women, was Kai Tamin-Goh, a free lance journalist and she was introduced to me by this letter from Christina Leong:

“My name is Christina Leong and I’m the Marketing Communications Manager in Tourism & Events Queensland Singapore. Hope you are well.

I’m writing to you about an editorial coverage opportunity in Singapore. I have a freelance writer by the name of Ms Kai Tamin Goh who will be travelling to Sunshine Coast from 22 – 30 October to experience the highlights of this beautiful region.

One of the main stories that she will be writing is on Cooking Schools in Sunshine Coast. She would like to write about a first-hand experience and I’ve suggested Maleny Cooking School, having had a look at your class schedule and noting that you have a class on 23 Oct on Modern Australian cuisine which is perfect as we would like to highlight authentic Australian cuisine.

The story will appear in The Straits Times, Singapore largest English circulating newspaper and the highest circulated newspaper, with a readership 1.4 million daily. As well, it may appear in another smaller publication called Weekender which has a circulation of 200,000. You can have a look at the digital paper at www.straitstimes.com or http://www.weekender.com.sg/. “

Well we all had a great day, including Joanna & John, who were also attending the Modern Oz cooking class. I will let you know what we all cooked up for lunch on this special day”

Prawn & Pork Won Tons in Chinese Chicken Broth

Confit of Duck Leg

Milanese Saffron Risotto

Parsnip Puree

Ruby Grapefruit & Asparagus Salad

Dark Chocolate & Espresso Tart with Raspberry Coulis & Double Cream

These ladies had an appetite too, polishing off their plates with typical Singaporean panache and bravo. It was a fun day and it was particularly enjoyable to meet these beautiful women and to show off our quality Australian fare.

The Maleny Cooking School is available for cooking classes and gourmet lunches.

Why be just a consumer when you can create too!

Sudha Hamilton

Sacred Chef


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